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Renault named a new chief for AvoVAZ this week

They're changing the guard at Avtovaz - the week

20 Apr 18 | Graeme Roberts

News Avtovaz had named Yves Caracatzanis CEO, replacing Nicolas Maure from 1 June this year, rated highly with just-auto readers this week.

Press preview days for the biennial Beijing motor show are 25 & 26 April

BEIJING SHOW WORLD DEBUTS LIST - Wey-X concept has holographic assistant

20 Apr 18 | Glenn Brooks

Great Wall Motors' Wey division is set to create many headlines with a concept it will reveal at AutoChina. The Wey-X features a miniature woman who is projected onto the dashboard and can perform basic functions such as adjusting music volume.

US sales of the Korean-built Buick Encore are running at an annualised rate of 100,000 units

GM Korea in bankruptcy - the fall-out for future models

18 Apr 18 | Glenn Brooks

GM Korea is teetering, its March sales crashing by 58% and the Chevrolet brand even falling below Mercedes-Benz in the domestic market. Exports of fully built models are faring better, although shipments of SKD and CKD kits are fading. Time to take a look at what the fall-out of a bankruptcy would be for greater General Motors.

Extended Wheelbase costs from £275,000 before options;

ANALYSIS - Bentley Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase

17 Apr 18 | Glenn Brooks

If luxury is increasingly defined by levels of tranquillity, lounging space and a feeling of being in control, then Bentley surely has a bright future. The Mulsanne, its oldest model, is also at the top of the tree when it comes to pricing. And for those who wish to indulge themselves with the biggest, most expensive definition of rolling luxury, there is the 5.8m long Mulsanne Extended Wheelbase.

VW ousted CEO Matthias Mueller last night. Does a well earned retirement beckon or will he pop up somewhere else?

VW's Mueller gets the axe - the week

13 Apr 18 | Graeme Roberts

An extraordinary week that culminated last night with the expected news that Volkswagen was restructuring the group and tossing out the long-serving chairman and CEO Matthias Mueller, a company 'lifer' who was handed the task of steering the company through the diesel crisis and setting it on a new path.

Astra sales were down by 37% in March, the car was even outsold by the Fiat Ducato; meanwhile, Corsa registrations halved last month

Only one SUV in top 10 as German market hits 18 year high

12 Apr 18 | Glenn Brooks

The German market for new passenger vehicles ended the first quarter at a level not seen since 2000. There are some surprising performances from older models, such as rocketing Ford Focus registrations and a boost for the Volkswagen Passat. Conversely, Opel's ongoing collapse means it may soon be at risk of falling behind an ever-improving Škoda.

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Turkey tax cut may boost sales 50% - ODD

20 Apr 2018 | Simon Warburton

Cutting tax levied on cars in Turkey could see penetration rates leap 50% claims the national distributor association, which is lobbying Ankara to introduce the move and stimulate the market.

BMW opens first UK Urban Store

20 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

BMW has opened its first UK Urban Store at the Bluewater shopping centre in Kent.

Groupe PSA cutting Opel jobs voluntarily

20 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

PSA is reportedly aiming for 3,700 staff cuts by 2020 in Germany as it looks to make Opel plants more efficient and turn Opel/Vauxhall's loss-making operations around.

Hyundai Mobis to test semi-autonomous car in US

20 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Hyundai Mobis says it will test a self-driving vehicle in the US this year, with the aim to mass-produce a semi-autonomous car in 2022.

Faurecia posts underlying Q1 sales growth of 9.3%

20 Apr 2018 | Dave Leggett

Faurecia has posted sales growth of 9.3% - versus last year, at constant currencies - in the first quarter and said that all regions significantly outperformed overall automotive production growth.

Magna opens new body and chassis plant in Mexico

20 Apr 2018 | Graeme Roberts

Global supplier Magna has opened a new body and chassis manufacturing facility in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.

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